Richard in the Ferrari 550 Maranello
A front-engined manual V12... with a large helping of soul. Richard has a go in the Ferrari 550 Maranello
Posted: 26 Apr 2011
Let's just agree that it feels good, and there's no law against doing it in public. Besides, anyone who thinks you're parading about wearing a giant strap-on is soon left behind in a whirlwind of howling exhausts. Left to chunter about compensatory devices and trouser-snake extensions and whatever bitter little charges such people claim apply. The point is you, the driver, are lounging in a sea of power, leathery luxury and Italian magnificence. Cars like the 550 belong on the drives of Italian castles, pulling up outside casinos to disgorge immaculately dressed, hard-drinking, harder-shagging counts and contessas into warm evenings and cool foyers.